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Wednesday
Sep252019

JT SPROCKETS EXTEND RANGE WITH COMPREHENSIVE RUBBER CUSHIONED FRONT SPROCKETS AND Z3 GS SUPER HEAVY-DUTY X-RING CHAIN

 
JT Sprockets, the world leader in motorcycle drive train components, has launched two new motorcycle aftermarket products; a wide range of "RB" Rubber Cushioned front sprockets and an all-new Z3 GS super heavy-duty motorcycle chain.
 
Alongside designing and producing over 18 million sprockets a year for all makes and models of motorcycles and ATVs, JT Sprockets also features as ‘original equipment’ applications for some of the world’s leading motorcycle manufacturers. The current range includes over 2,500 types of steel and aluminium sprockets, chains and associated products.
 
With RB type rubber cushioned sprockets widely used by major Japanese motorcycle manufacturers, JT can now boast the most comprehensive aftermarket application line-up for this high mileage product. Designed to dampen the chain impact on the front sprocket, the dual-sided rubber cushion is a one-piece moulding produced by utilising ‘through holes’ in the sprocket, the rubber is bonded with state-of-the-art impact and vibration resistant adhesives to ensure maximum lifespan.
 
The sprockets themselves are manufactured from the highest quality SCM420 chromoly steel alloy which is then heat treated and finished for optimum durability. Every sprocket goes through up to 25 production stages and 10 individual quality control checks before it is ready to leave the factory; achieving the highest quality standards.
 
The level of quality, design and OEM proven technology are the same as used by all the major motorcycle manufacturers within their genuine replacement parts but available in a cost-effective package.
 
JT Sprockets has also launched its strongest ever chain; the Z3 GS super heavy duty chain, featuring gold colour plated outer plates and bright nickel plated inner plates for superior corrosion resistance and the ultimate in appearance. The Z3 GS chain is engineered for maximum strength, durability, and offers high performance for all modern motorcycles up to 1400cc.
 
The Z3 X-Ring chain is available in 520, 525 and 530 sizes for a wide selection of machines including Superbikes, Cruisers, Sports Tourers, ATV`s and Adventure motorcycles.
 
With leading edge technology and using only the highest grade of special steel alloys, JT Sprockets produce a full range of superior quality motorcycle chains. The specifications of all its advanced power transfer chains meet or exceed the requirements of all modern motorcycles for street, road racing, MX, enduro, and ATV use.
All JT products are available at highly competitive prices through the comprehensive JT dealer network. Find out more at www.jtsprockets.com

 

Monday
Sep232019

Dane Skelund Gloves Review

John Allsopp has been trying out these gloves over the summer…

 

Our friends at Motoport kindly supplied these Dane for test. 

They boast breathable mesh zones and the outer material, membrane and lining are partial glued for better grip and less friction. 

There are touch sensitive panels on the thumb and index finger which enable you to use your smartphone or GPS without removing them. 

It terms of protection ,the Skelund gloves have a flexible hardshell protection on the knuckles, coupled with TPR protection and foam shock absorber on the fingers and sides.

The leather is doubled on the thumbs, inside and on the sides, whilst the palm is goat leather. 

 

I found these gloves instantly comfortable and with no need for ‘breaking in’. No doubt the fact that the seams are on the outside help here. 

Whilst it may initially appear odd to be reviewing summer gloves at the end of September, I would actually place these more in the mid weight category.  With a 100% Gore-Tex liner they are a serious contender for spring and autumn use.

 

Available from daneclothing.uk for £79.99

Thursday
Sep192019

SLINKY GLIDE CABLE RANGE EXPANDS AT WEMOTO








The Slinky Glide range of cables continues to expand, with new additions across the board and over 8000 models now listed by parts specialist Wemoto.

Slinky Glide cables for 1970s classics through to modern day machines are manufactured to OE standards, providing a precise fit, optimum performance and renowned reliability, with the majority of cables retailing at under £10.

The use of a specialised frost and dust resistant lubricant compound applied during assembly, and a friction-reducing polyimide layer between each inner and outer cable ensures the smooth and long-lasting operation of every Slinky Glide cable.

Slinky Glide fitments include brake, clutch, throttle, tacho, speedo and exhaust valve cables and repair kits.

The ever-expanding Slinky Glide cable range is held in high stock quantities at Wemoto's Sussex warehouse to ensure a fast delivery to the UK and beyond.

Check out the Slinky Glide cable range at www.wemoto.com

 

Thursday
Sep192019

Overheated this summer??

SOME OF YOU WILL REMEMBER THAT WE HAD JUST OVER A WEEK OF HEAT DURING THE SUMMER.  THIS ENABLED THE UK CONTINGENT OF TEAM SEB TO INVESTIGATE THE CONCEPT OF EVAPORATION VESTS AND HOW EFFECTIVE THEY COULD BE IN PROMOTING RIDER COMFORT.

 IN OUR INVESTIGATION WE CAME ACROSS http://www.techniche-intl.com/technologies/hyperkewl/

FOR A PRETTY REASONABLE THIRTY FIVE POUNDS WE PURCHASED THEIR MOTORCYCLE COOLING VEST FROM AMAZON.

THE VEST’S COOLING PROPERTIES COME FROM A PATENTED MATERIAL,

HYPERKEWL, WHICH IS A UNIQUE FABRIC THAT ABSORBS AND SLOWLY RELEASES WATER THROUGH EVAPORATION. THE IDEA BEING TO GREATLY INCREASE THE BODIES NATURAL COOLING PROCESS, AND PROTECTING THE WEARER AGAINST HEAT STRESS. 

TO USE, YOU SIMPLY SOAK IN WATER FOR 1-2 MINUTES, GENTLY SQUEEZE OUT EXCESS WATER AND ENJOY THE COOLING EFFECT FOR 5-10 HOURS. 

THIS REALLY WORKS TO KEEP YOU COOL AS WELL AS MINIMISING POTENTIAL REDUCTION IN YOUR CONCENTRATION LEVELS FROM BEING OVERHEATED AND UNCOMFORTABLE.

WE PLAN TO SEND THIS GARMENT OVER TO THE SPANISH CONTINGENT TO ENABLE MORE EXTENSIVE TESTING IN THEIR HOTTER CLIMES.

 THE INITIAL VERDICT IS THAT THIS GARMENT IS SIMPLE, FAST AND EASY TO USE.

 

Monday
Sep022019

Online v Bike Shop

John Allsopp gives us his thoughts on the Shark Skwal helmet after living with it for many miles.

It raises the issue of whether it's important to use our local motorcycle shops and outlets when buyng kit or is price the only consideration??

 

As many will remember we had the first generation of this helmet supplied to us by our friends at Bolt Bikes.  After around 50,000 miles what have we found?

Firstly, let's recall the specifications-

SHARP 4 star safety rated (out of 5)

1.47Kg (about average)

Rechargeable LED lighting strip

Injected thermoplastic shell (polycarb)

Pinlock anti-fog insert include Integral sun visor

Sizes XS – XL

On long term testing-

Ventilation on this helmet is reasonably good.  The chin vent giving more air flow than the single forehead one.  

This takes air into the helmet, through the air channels around the scalp and out of the exhaust vent below the spoiler to the rear). It’s adequate and, coupled with the Pinlock, has enough ventilation to keep the visor mist-free.

The liner is removable and had remained very comfortable without any appreciable compression to affect the fit.

The helmet is also relatively quiet and certainly the wind noise is unobtrusive with ear plugs.

We have noticed that the LED's are easy to turn on accidentally but a minor adjustment of the situation of the switch soon dealt with that issue.

Overall we have been very impressed with this helmet, however, it does have an Achilles heel.

The visor has been subject to fracture on the arms of the shield.  This has happened once on the road and three times in the process of changing the visor.  We understand the issue was addressed in the generation 2 with alteration to the ratchet system. 

Our friends at Bolt Bikes arranged for the helmet to be returned to the factory where the upgraded parts were fitted and the helmet returned in a week, free of charge, under the five year guarantee.  (We'd also like to mention that Bolt Bikes exchanged every failed visor free and without quibble).

Have you had any issues with visors on Shark helmets?

Also, do let us know if you didn't receive the excellent after sales service we did at Bolt Bikes.

www.boltbikes.co.uk